Julia Allison on Obama Girl

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More Newsweek goodness. This one is even worse. But as I primer, I suggest you reacquaint yourself with this, in which Julia Allison gets all feminazi on Rachel Sklar, calling Obama Girl “inappropriate” and “demeaning to women,” even though Obama Girl epitomized everything about Julia Allison’s shtick at that time. Apparently, Julia Allison doesn’t have the same opinion anymore:

It was a slow news day (month, really) in 2007 when a not-quite-professional YouTube music video featuring a sexy young girl singing about her love for a certain politician broke out. Before the end of the week, 5 million people had seen Obama Girl gyrate in a bikini next to a superimposed shot of relatively unknown democratic contender Barack Obama, bare-chested in the waves. Presidential candidate as sex symbol? This was a new era, indeed. This was no Swift boat, no cranky senior citizens complaining about health care. Instead we had model/actress Amber Lee Ettinger paired with a catchy tune, a few genius lyrics (“You’re into border security/Let’s break this border between you and me”) and a pair of red booty shorts with “OBAMA” scrawled across the butt. That Obama Girl’s video looked slightly homemade–it was produced on just $2,000–only fanned the flames of media love and grassroots views. More importantly, the message perfectly articulated the cult-like Obama fanaticism that had been building. “It was a metaphor for how young people were head over heels for him for the wrong reasons,” says Ben Relles, the video’s co-creator. Well… maybe not the “wrong” reasons, but certainly reasons not frequently ascribed to politicians–like “hotness.” But such iconic sexual-political imagery is now the stuff of pop culture legend. And so Obama Girl stands–clad in a tight white tee–at the intersection of sex, politics, and the Internet, harkening a new era where elections are young and sexy and fun and underwear doesn’t just sport boring lettering like “Juicy Couture,” but instead, politicians’ monikers. Oh, and one more thing: “Obama’s seen it,” says Relles. “He e-mailed me.”

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    • Tooooooootally. If a slow news day was what it took to get Obama Girl attention (yeah, OK Julia) it must be damn near on life support every single time she herself gets mentioned.

  1. Yeah, I’m fairly certain she changed her tune as soon as NNN bought TMI and she realized she might run into Amber (Obama Girl) and the rest of the Barely Political crew.

    I said this on the previous NW thread but that is seriously a passive-aggressive opening.

    What are grassroots views? Political views? Pageviews?

    • Jealousy followed by concealing jealousy because she is, after all, semi-famous (moreso than Julia) followed by barely concealing jealousy in passive-aggressive IT SHOULDA BEEN ME article.

  2. Do my eyes deceive me, or did that little chippy just refer to senior citizens as being “cranky” about health care?! I’ve seen roadkill that is less offensive than Ms. Allison. It was more attractive, as well.

  3. “relatively unknown democratic contender Barack Obama”

    Julia: Obama was not relatively unknown in 2007. Maybe he didn’t have his own “field guide to Obama” post on Gawker but people knew of him in 2007.

    idiot donkey

    • Haha. Field guide post. And seriously? Relatively unknown. He was hoisted onto the national spotlight after his speech at the Democratic convention in 2004 and was the SENATOR FROM YOUR HOME STATE YOU PLAGIARIZING DONKEY!!!!!!!! Gah!

      • Seriously. I remember after the day after the speech in 2004, my then boss came in and was like “that guy. He’s going to be something big and definitely will end up president.”

        Being from your home state, you should’ve known who exactly he was!

    • Yeah, I couldn’t believe that one. Obama was “relatively unknown” in 2007? Sure, if your life involves obsessing over whatever guy you had in your crosshairs at the time and your pretty pink pony life.

      Sometimes I wonder if current events EVER penetrate her thick skull.

      • Maybe, just as with popular trendes, she is just a little bit slow on the uptake of current events and will shower us with her insights on the elections in Iran, the credit crunch (ZOMG!), Live Aid or the Vietnam or even Second World War. After all, all of these are covered on wikipedia, I think, so just give a donkey a little time.

      • Especially if she hails from Chicago! He was already a rock star in Chicago and D.C. by 2007 and his popularity was ever increasing elsewhere.

    • that is the dumbest thing she’s ever said. It may be the dumbest thing I have ever read. I remember people being super excited about Obama during the 2004 election. And no, not political nerds, but actual young voters saying “this guys is the next big thing”, “hope this guy runs in 2008”. What a fucking MORON. God she is just enragingly stupid. And she is a poli-sci major from Georgetown who is from Chicago? Disgraceful.

  4. And so Obama Girl stands–clad in a tight white tee–at the intersection of sex, politics, and the Internet, harkening a new era where elections are young and sexy and fun and underwear doesn’t just sport boring lettering like “Juicy Couture,” but instead, politicians’ monikers.

    That is, hands down, the worst sentence I’ve ever read and quite possibly the worst sentence ever written. Ever.

    Also, harkening does not mean what she thinks it means.

  5. Only Julia Allison would think these lyrics are an example of “genius”:

    “You’re into border security/Let’s break this border between you and me”

    God, she’s dumb.

  6. Nice cutesy-pie ending there, Jankles, but it sure is misleading.

    “One outspoken critic of the video was Barack Obama himself, who apparently did not appreciate the attention. In an interview, he stated that his children were offended by the video, and he expressed discomfort with it as well.” – wisegeek.com

  7. Did Newsweek lay off ALL their editors?! This shit wouldn’t get published in a local community free advertorial “newspaper”!

  8. That makeup trick she does with the shiny blob of iridescent gloss in the middle of her upper lip is super annoying.

    It would make a good bulls-eye, though.

      • I’ve mentioned this before, but the best part of that picture is that she’s actually tilting her condom-tipped wand back toward the viewer, as if to say, “You’ll need this where you’re going.”

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